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NYSM Bryology Policy Regarding Outgoing Loans


Loans are temporary physical transfers of specimens without any transfer of ownership. The New York State Museum (NYS) grants two basic types of outgoing loan requests: Exhibition or Research.  The Bryophyte Herbarium can accommodate requests for research purposes only.

Requests to borrow NYSM specimens should be made in writing to the Curator of Bryophytes:

Dr. Norton G. Miller
New York State Museum
3140 CEC
Albany NY 12230

The Request may be submitted electronically as an email attachment to

Research Loans

Requests should include the following information: purpose of the loan including a brief description of the proposed research, description of the material requested in as much detail as possible, quantity of specimens needed, and where and under whose responsibility the specimens will be housed while on loan. Loans are made only to institutions, not to individuals. A permanently employed representative of the institution must be named as the responsible party for the loan, and care of specimens while on loan is ultimately the responsibility of the institution’s director.

For loans requesting destructive and general sampling, please fill out and submit the following form along with your request.


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